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Since they burst on the scene around the turn-of-the-century, the British five-headed hydra known as Hot Chip have always been a tough act to classify…or follow. Too electronic to be straight-up rawk, yet too rawk-y to be house, they all write, produce, remix, DJ and even play actual instruments together. They also do those things for other artists, multiple side-projects, as well as their own personal solo projects. Oh yeah, and in their “off-time” they also run a terrific record label (one of the first to release Disclosure) and throw underground speakeasy parties! It's like James Franco cloned himself four times and focused on making weird house music and leftfield pop instead of naff poetry and underage girls.
Felix Martin and Al Doyle are two-fifths of Hot Chip as well as two-thirds of New Build. They're spending a week with us in NY performing under both names as a sort of UK-artist-in-residence. Like Banksy, but only one-quarter as long and hopefully twice as illegal. They played last night at Mercury Lounge (with old DFA pals Musuem of Love) and play tonight at Rough Trade as well as spinning together this Saturday Night for JDH and Dave P's FIXED party at Good Room. We asked them to select some songs that reminded them of New York City. Literally a few moments later we had this eclectic mix of NY-centric tracks in our hands.
New Build's new album Pour It On is out now on Sunday Best.